The fertile and prolific alliance between soul and electronic music has found in SG Lewis one of its most recent and outstanding disciples. At the young age of twenty, this Liverpool producer has uncovered a path which travels from James Blake to Disclosure and gives a digital gloss to smooth and velvety R&B. After remixing “You & I (Forever)”, by Jessie Ware, the British artist debuted on PMR Beat Club with “Warm”, his first single was streamed over half a million times in just a few months. At the end of last summer, Lewis followed it up with “Shivers”, an EP on which the warmth of R&B takes on a more avant-garde facet. With growing popularity, at the same time, as a DJ, the British artist has released a second EP .
He moves like his compatriot Nick Cave and the press have called him a cross between Alan Vega and Ariel Pink, but the Australian Alex Cameron dodges all comparisons in order to create a strange and fascinating soundscape that takes a little from each of atmospheric electronic music, dark pop of the eighties and the least conventional crooners. The Sydney artist, accompanied by the saxophonist Roy Molloy, has just release Jumping The Shark on Secretly Canadian, a record with out-of-this-world arrangements with which Cameron at times evokes Suicide, Bruce Springsteen and at others Arcade Fire. This next Saturday at Primavera Club.
Mordant lyrics, indie-pop effervescence and shades of Blondie meets Best Coast characterise London up-and-comers Anteros. Originated by Laura Hayden and Joshua Rumble, Anteros’ sparkling sound developed when the pair were joined by drummer Harry Balazs and Charles Monneraud on guitar. They’re about to release their debut album.
After the break up of Smith Westerns, Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek have changed direction to launch Whitney, a new project in which rock and psychedelia give way to a sound that is closer to the Americana orbit associated with The Band, dynamic pop with the drive of soul. Their first record, “Light Upon The Lake”, has received unanimous applause from the critics and has led the Chicago band to be compared to the exuberant sound of Girls. They will be at Primavera Club.
The Pictish Trail aka Scottish singer-songwriter Johnny Lynch’s eloquent songs are as wildly varied as his selection of brightly coloured bobble hats and have seen him get mentioned in the same breath as his heroes Beck, The Beta Band and Hot Chip. His extraordinary vocals reveal hidden depths and have been accompanied by everything from acoustic guitar to a full-on four piece metal band to throbbing dance beats and samples, and often during the course of the same gig. Future Echoes, the third album proper from the artist known to his Mum as Johnny Lynch, is undoubtedly his best yet.
This indie dance duo is a big deal in its home country. They were nominated by ruling youth radio station Triple J for an “Unearthed” award when the band made its break in 2010. They opened for Australian dance pop queen Kylie Minogue, which is like opening for Madonna basically. They’ve got a glorious handle on lush composition and feel-good summer waves on a level that is completely lovable, and the duo’s third album Virtual Islands is a delicious gift.
Jamie Treays is a singer-songwriter from London who performs under the moniker Jamie T. He was born in Wimbledon on January 8 1986. He began playing at open mic nights in south west London, after attending one held by Alfie xxx, then of Larrikin Love.
Treays suffered from panic attacks from an early age, a condition that would go on to influence his debut album, ‘Panic Prevention’, as well as series of club nights he ran in the early days of his career and mixtapes hand out at his gigs.
‘Panic Prevention’ was released on January 29, 2007. “Like no other record since The Streets’ ‘Original Pirate Material’, it’s the sound of a pirate radio station you wish
Jamie T has announced a huge UK tour in support of his upcoming fourth album Trick. The “Sheila” singer’s new record has been described as a “brave and eclectic rock/punk/reggae/rap/pop celebration that only Jamie T could make”. It comes two years after his 2014 comeback, Carry on the Grudge, which followed 2009’s Kings & Queens, and sees Jamie T play all instruments alongside longterm collaborator James Dring.